Clearwater RCMP report they responded to a single vehicle collision on Highway 5 about 20 km south of Clearwater early Wednesday morning.
The incident involved a Greyhound bus going off the highway after encountering a crossing moose. One passenger suffered a fractured limb while a small number of the other passengers had minor injuries. All 18 passengers and the driver were able exit the bus.
Clearwater RCMP received the report of the collision at around 4:30 a.m. Police, B.C. Ambulance and Clearwater and District Highway Rescue attended to the scene.
They found the Greyhound bus had been southbound on Highway 5 when it encountered a moose and went off the left side of the highway and into a swamp. The bus remained upright in about 1.6 m (five ft) of water.
All occupants made it off the bus safely to await emergency crews. The one passenger with a fractured limb was transported to the Clearwater hospital via ambulance. All the others were shuttled via a second bus to the Clearwater hospital to be cleared medically.
The highway was closed for short period.
Clearwater RCMP continue their investigation into the collision. According to police, it’s unclear at this time whether the animal was actually hit or if the driver avoided it.